Guy Davis Bio - Singer And Actor

BY EWON Updated on 19 March, 2021

Guy Davis is a celebrated blues guitarist in the music industry. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Birth Name Guy Davis
Birth Day 05/12/1952
Birth place New York City, New York, USA
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Nationality American
Profession Guitarist, Actor and Writer
Parents Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Husband/Wife Dorothy Desir (Ex-Wife)
Sibling Nora Davis Day, Hasna Muhammad Davis
Children 1 child

The American blues guitarist Guy Davis has succeeded in making a great career as well as fortune. He is also a banjo player and actor by profession. The guitarist is a celebrated name in the entertainment industry and made a great mark as well.

Guy Davis is Ossie Davis' son with his wife, Ruby Dee. He somewhat followed his parents' footsteps but also established his career as a brilliant guitarist all by himself. Well, we will be discussing Guy's early life, family, career, and how it has shaped him over the years.

Stay with the article until the end, and you might know more interesting facts about Guy Davis.

Family, Parents, And Siblings

Born on May 12, 1952, Guy Davis is the son of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. He is the second child of this parents and has two sisters named Nora Day and Hasna Muhammad Davis. Both of his parents were actors.

Guy Davis' family

Guy taught himself to play the guitar and banjo at such a young age by listening and watching other musicians. He was raised in New York City but grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural South from his parents and especially his grandparents.

Davis' first exposure to the blues was at a summer camp in Vermont run by Pete Seeger's brother, John Seeger. He learned to play the five-string banjo there.

Guy Davis' Net Worth And Career

Guy Davis has made a promising name and fame from his career. Though his parents were actors, he was so much influenced by blues music. The guitarist is also a well-known actor in the film industry. Well, his father Ossie Davis had an estimated net worth of $2 million during the time of his death.

Though Guy Davis' net worth has not been revealed, he has probably made a promising fortune.

Earnings From Music Career

Guy Davis' grandmother's Southern speech inspires his blues music. He has been concentrating on writing, recording, and performing music for the past two decades. In 1995, he released his Red House records debut album, Stomp Down Rider.

The guitarist has released many albums like Chocolate to the Bone, On Air, Bu*t Naked Free, and Give in Kind. He most probably earned good money from the sales of the albums.

His fourth album, Bu*t Naked Free, is the first of his albums was produced by Van Morisson's former guitarist John Platania. Some of the albums with its prices on Amazon are listed below:

Albums Price
Chocolate to the Bone (CD) $14.44
On Air (CD) $22.42
Bu*t Naked Free (CD) $14.41
Give in Kind (CD) $14.98

Guy Davis' latest album, Legacy, was also picked as one of the Best CDs of the Year by National Public Radio. He also has contributed songs on a host of tribute and compilation albums. Davis also wrote a couple of songs and recorded with Dr. John for Whoopie Goldberg's Littleburg series.

In 2012, the guitarist released an audio play called The Adventures of Fishey Waters: In Bed with the Blues. He also joined forces with fellow Brooks Williams for a UK tour 'Inside The Delta' in Nov 2016.

Guy Davis' earnings also include his tours and concerts as well. He probably gets good offers for doing tours. He will be doing Denmark Tour for three days at Tonder Festival in the upcoming days and surely will be earning a huge sum of cash..

Earnings As An Actor And Writer

Guy Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting throughout the years. His early acting roles included a read role in the 1984 film, Beat Street. He also appeared as Dr. Josh Hall in One Life to Live from 1985 to 1986.

The actor made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in Mulebone, which featured the music of the Taj Mahal. He had performed Off-Broadway in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil. The actor is also known for films like The Maker and Final.

Davis' writing projects have included a variety of theatre plays and pieces. A collection of three short stories, Mudsurfing, received the 1991 Brio Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. He also arranged, performed, and co-wrote music for an Emmy Award-winning film, To Be a Man.

Married Or Not?

According to IMDb, Guy Davis was married to his ex-wife, Dorothy Desir, in 1989. The ex-couple also welcomed a child together. But the marriage did not last too long, and it ended with a divorce.

Guy Davis' ex-wife

The reason behind the divorce and when they got divorced is still a mystery. Plus, Guy Davis' ex-wife and child are also nowhere to be seen in the limelight. It looks like they are certainly living a subtle and low-profile life right now.


  • Guy Davis received three Blues Award nominations and the Foundation's"Keeping The Blues Alive" award in 1993.
  • He was also awarded Best Acoustic Album of the Year, Best Acoustic Artist of the Year, and Best Instrumentalist.
  • Davis also received the 1993 AUDELCO Award for Best Actor.
  • His dad, Ossie Davis, passed away on Feb 4, 2004.
  • Sadly, Ruby Dee also left the world on June 11, 2014.

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Published on 27 August, 2020

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